Faith-based norms and portfolio performance: Evidence from India

M. Dharani, M. K. Hassan, Andrea Paltrinieri

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This paper investigates the performance of Shariah and conventional stock portfolios in India during the period 2001–2017 by using asset pricing models. We first examine the influence of Shariah investment principles on the stock returns’ cross-section. Then we assess the overall risk of Shariah and conventional portfolios, focusing also on financial crises. We provide evidence of a positive Shariah effect on stock returns in India. Therefore, Shariah stocks offer higher returns than non-Shariah stocks. We also find that Shariah portfolios have lower risk than unconstrained conventional ones. Overall our results reveal that both portfolios have similar performance, but the Shariah portfolio has a lower level of risk. Finally, the results clearly indicate that the volatility of the Shariah portfolio is lower during the crisis period.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)79-89
Numero di pagine11
RivistaGlobal Finance Journal
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2019


  • Asset pricing
  • India
  • Islamic finance
  • Portfolio management
  • Shariah portfolio


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